Helping the Lost & Lonely Find Their Way: A Review of “Creed”

The 1976 film “Rocky” won both a Christopher Award and a Best Picture Academy Award because it movingly presented the story of an underdog boxer who, through grit and determination, strives to be a champion. The new movie “Creed” is a follow-up to the original that once again offers Oscar-worthy performances and a dynamic story [Read More…]

“May the Force Be With You” Had a Christian Influence

With the success of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” a 2014 interview with producer Gary Kurtz (“Star Wars: A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back”) was making the online rounds again and pointed out the fact that the phrase “May the Force Be With You” had a Christian influence. Here’s the pertinent part of [Read More…]

When “Blessed Assurance” Came to Washington

Ninety-one-year-old actress Cicely Tyson was one of the honorees at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors (along with George Lucas, Carole King, Seiji Ozawa, and Rita Moreno). Tyson’s tribute by fellow performers brought a touch of Christianity to the proceedings because of the actress’s love of the hymn “Blessed Assurance.” She performed it as part of [Read More…]

Family, Not Just Nostalgia, is Behind Popularity of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

As expected, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has done blockbuster business opening weekend, earning over $250 million. I also heard a statistic that said 71% of the people who attended were adults. To me, that suggests the movie’s popularity is about more than simple pop culture nostalgia, but something deeper. “Star Wars” is popular among [Read More…]